Alani Golanski, Esq.
Associate, Asbestos-Cancer & Toxic Tort litigation/appellate litigation/federal contract disputes
Fax: (212) 344-5461
Education: Columbia University School of Law (post-doctoral); University of Connecticut School of Law, Class of 1986; City University of New York (graduate); Trinity College (undergraduate)
Bar Admissions: State of Connecticut; State of New York; State of New Jersey; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals (Federal, First, Second, Third, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, Tenth circuits)
Memberships: American Bar Assn.; U.S. Bar of Federal Claims Bar Assn., Association of the Bar of the City of New York
Publications: 14 since 1985, including Golanski, A., Kristal, J., "A Reply to James K. Toohey and Rebecca L. Matthews' Commentary: 'Liability for the Post-Sale Installation of Asbestos-Containing Replacement Parts or Installation.’” Mealey's Litigation Report: Asbestos (2011) Read full article
Book reviews: 16 since 1999. Most recent (with Comerford, T) The Speculation Economy: How Finance Triumphed Over Industry by Lawrence E. Mitchell, New York Law Journal (Feb. 17, 2009)
Alani Golanski, Esq., joined Weitz & Luxenberg in 2008 as chief appellate attorney in our Asbestos-Cancer and Toxic Environmental Tort litigation groups. An authority on federal contract disputes, he also is a foremost appellate litigation specialist. Among his many impressive victories, for example, is a 1992 decision handed down by the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, that affirmed a multi-million-dollar judgment against the Brooklyn Navy Yard (at stake were more than 60 consolidated asbestos-related verdicts favoring the plaintiffs). Mr. Golanski is admitted to practice law in the states of Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey; he also is admitted to represent clients before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals (Federal, First, Second, Third, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, Tenth circuits). Mr. Golanski is a prolific thinker and writer, having since 1985 authored or coauthored 14 law-journal articles (among the most consequential of these was an exploration of changes affecting one critical aspect of environmental lawsuits: “General Causation at a Crossroads in Toxic Tort Cases,”108 Penn State [Dickinson] Law Review 479 ). Additionally, Mr. Golanski since 1999 has penned 16 book reviews, the most recent of which, co-authored with Thomas Comerford, appeared in the New York Law Journal and critiqued the Lawrence E. Mitchell tome, The Speculation Economy: How Finance Triumphed Over Industry. Mr. Golanski in 1986 received a juris doctor degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law. In 2003, he obtained a master of laws degree from the Columbia University School of Law, where his academic standing qualified him for recognition as that year’s James Kent Scholar. In 2004, he earned a master of arts degree in philosophy from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York; twenty-one years earlier he received a bachelor of arts degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., and was inducted to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. Mr. Golanski maintains membership in the American Bar Assn., the U.S. Bar of Federal Claims Bar Assn., and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.
“Most people would be amazed by the amount of preparation that goes into asbestos exposure and environmental toxic tort litigations. Thinking painstakingly about the correct approach for each case, and developing the right theory, and all of the research this involves, are the keys to getting a great result. Research into the facts of each case, the legal principles and decisions, and the types of experts who should be retained, are just the beginning. I find it very rewarding to participate in this outstanding project as a member of the Weitz & Luxenberg litigation team.” – Alani Golanski, Esq.
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